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3 Brand New Classic St. Louis Wrestling DVDs Just Added!
Legendary Brody vs Flair 1 Hour Draw Available Now!
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11 New Shoot Interviews and Q&A Sessions!
Bret Hart, Terry Funk, Ernie Ladd, Jim Cornette, and More
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The new edition of Pro Wrestling Title Histories is on sale now! 
Much of the information in This Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling Title Histories. The 2000 edition is available now. It is the most complete record of over 2,000 professional wrestling titles and titleholders ever published. If you want a complete guide of who the title holders were in your favorite territories, you must own this ultimate reference book. Contains information on titles from the
WWE, WCW, ECW, NWA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, all the old territories -- Florida, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Portland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Calgary, Memphis, Knoxville, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Mid-South, San Antonio and more -- as well as hundreds of independent promotions from across the U.S. (including now-defunct favorites like Smoky Mountain, the UWF, and the USWA). The new edition includes major title changes (WWE, WCW, ECW) right up to the end of 1999. 
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Celebrate the milestones of professional wrestling!

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June 10 - June 16

Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

Harley Race defends against Ted DiBiase
in St. Louis Checkerdome

Main Event
NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
Harley Race vs Ted DiBiase

Ric Flair & Ken Patera vs Dusty Rhodes & Dick the Bruiser

St. Louis, Mo.
June 12, 1981

It was the beginning of the end of the glory days for St. Louis wrestling.

About a year before venerable St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick retired, he put together a masterpiece for a packed house at the St. Louis Checkerdome.

Missouri state heavyweight champion Ted DiBiase culminated a year long chase of Harley Race and the NWA World heavyweight championship with a final showdown in St. Louis' biggest venue.

The quest to get this title match was nearly as difficult as winning the title itself.

DiBiase actually pinned Race in a title match in St. Louis earlier in the year, only to have the decision reversed and see Race be declared the winner by disqualification.

DiBiase then saw Nature Boy Ric Flair make a St. Louis assault on Race in a match that ended in a time limit draw.

DiBiase claimed to be the number one contender for the World title because he was the Missouri state champion and had actually pinned Race in a title match.

Flair disputed DiBiase's claim. Flair said that DiBiase's pin didn't count and that DiBiase had actually lost to Race because the official decision in the record book had Race winning by disqualification. Flair furthered his claim by stating that he was the one that Race couldn't beat, since Flair and Race had gone to an hour draw..

To get this title match, DiBiase had to successfully defend his state title against Flair a few weeks earlier in a match.

A lot of experts considered DiBiase the man that would win the World title from Race and thought this would be his ascension to the throne. 

Instead, Race turned back DiBiase and kept the belt.

But Race's days were numbered as champion.

Ironically, it would be the semifinal event that would produce the men that would unseat Race.

Dusty Rhodes and Flair were on opposite sides of the tag team semifinal. Flair teamed with Ken Patera while Rhodes sided with St. Louis legend Dick the Bruiser.

Only 9 days later, Rhodes would beat Race to capture his second NWA World heavyweight championship. About three months later in Kansas City, Flair would beat Rhodes and begin his domination of the World title. 

Other future champions on the bill were Jack Brisco and Kerry Von Erich.

Ironically, DiBiase, while being considered one of the greatest wrestlers of his era, never held the World title.

June 10 - June 16


Georgia Heavyweight Title
Spoiler vs Mark Lewin

$5,000 Bounty Match
Abdullah the Butcher vs Dusty Rhodes

June 11, 1976


Crown vs 5 min w/ Heenan
Nick Bockwinkel vs Junkyard Dog
If Bockwinkel wins, he gets JYD's crown. If JYD wins, he gets 5 minutes in the ring with Bobby Heenan

Southwest Tag Title
Ken Lucas & Ricky Morton vs Gino Hernandez & 
Tully Blanchard

June 11, 1982


Movie Premier:
The Wrestler opens

June 12, 1974

Main Event
Chris Santen vs.
Sailor Jack Lewis

Orange Belt Athletic Club 
June 13, 1933

World Heavyweight Title
Lou Thesz vs. Al Massey

June 13, 1952

Texas Heavyweight Title
Turbellino Blanco vs. 
Killer Joe Christy

Texas Brass Knucks title
Bull Curry vs. Tony Borne

Ft. Worth
June 13, 1960

Loser Leaves Town
Johnny Weaver 
(seconded by Penny Banner)
vs. Tony Borne

June 13, 1963

Handicap Match
Fritz Von Erich vs.
Bull Curry & Ox Baker
(Von Erich in back to back singles matches against both men. Von Erich must win both or lose).

Ft. Worth
June 14, 1965

Tag Team Main Event
Ernie Ladd & Bull Curry vs. Killer Karl Kox & Mark Lewin 

Ft. Worth
June 14, 1965

Tag Match Main Event
George Becker & Johnny Weaver vs. Tom Bradley & Pancho Valdez

June 14, 1969

World Heavyweight Title
Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr.

Six-Man Tag Team Match
Al Madril & David Von Erich & King Kong Bundy vs. Wild Bill Irwin & Frank Dusek & Richard Blood

St. Louis
June 14, 1974

World Heavyweight Title
Everett Marshall vs. 
Chris Santen

June 16, 1932

Tag Team Main Event
Bull Curry & Wahoo McDaniel vs. Johnny Valentine & Baron Von Raschke

Ft. Worth
June 16, 1969

British Mid-Heavyweight Title
Mark "Rollerball" Rocco vs. 
Iron Fist

Hanley, England
June 16, 1969

World Heavyweight Title
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Ox Baker

June 16, 1972

Southern Heavyweight Title
Jerry Lawler vs. Kamala

June 16, 1982

U.S. Heavyweight Title 
Ricky Steamboat vs. Ivan Koloff

June 16, 19

6/10/79 - Ricky Steamboat suckers  Paul Jones with a fake knee injury to reverse the Indian death lock for the pin at the Civic Center in Asheville, NC. This ends Jones' 368-day reign as “NWA” television champion, making him the longest-reigning TV champ in the combined history of Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling (a record which stands to this day).

6/10/83 - Harley Race pins Ric Flair in St. Louis to regain the NWA World title, setting up a classic bounty feud which leads to the very first Starrcade closed-circuit spectacular.

You can now witness this historic match when you order Wrestling Classics’ NWA World heavyweight championship series.

6/10/84 - Superstar Billy Graham (Wayne Coleman) downs Billy Jack Haynes in Orlando to win the “NWA” Florida state heavyweight title as recognized by the NWA group in Florida.

See these two powerhouses on display at Wrestling Classics in sizzling action from the Sunshine State.

6/10/88 – The late Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat the Road Warriors (Mike "Hawk" Hegstrand & Joe "Animal" Laurindas) in Tokyo to retain their Pacific Wrestling Federation tag straps and capture the “NWA” International tag belts. This creates the All Japan Double (World) tag-team championship.

See the globe-trotting LOD as they battle Jerry “The King” Lawler & “The Universal Hearthrob” Austin Idol (Dennis McCord) in Memphis and The Sheepherders in San Antonio.

6/10/88 - Riki Choshu & Masa Saito beat Tatsumi "Dragon" Fujinami & Kengo Kimura in Hiroshima to win the tag-team IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix).

6/11/60 - Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis) beats Cowboy Bob Ellis in Detroit, MI to capture the “NWA” U.S. title.

Check out the Bruiser in Wrestling Classics’ Indianapolis collection, available now in our video store.

Ellis is featured in action from the International Wrestling Association.

6/11/77 - Greg "The Hammer" Valentine beats Chief Wahoo McDaniel at WRAL studios in Raleigh, NC during a taping of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title. In the process, Valentine sets off one of the most legendary feuds in the history of Jim Crockett Promotions (The "No More Wahoo" feud) by breaking McDaniel's leg.

Both men are featured in matches promoted by Jim Crockett Promotions and on sale now in the Wrestling Classics video store.

6/11/95 - Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi in Tokyo to win the All Japan Double (World) tag belts.

6/12/61 - Fred Blassie (Fred Blassman) beats Edouard Carpentier to capture the WWA World title at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles after the doctor stops the match due to an injury to Carpentier.

6/12/68 - Jim Hady beats Ray Stevens for the Honolulu version of the NWA U.S. championship.

Check out the legendary Stevens in six-man action along with the likes of Blackjack Mulligan, Baron Von Raschke, Dick the Bruiser, Sailor Art Thomas, and The Crusher. It’s available in the Indianapolis collection at Wrestling Classics.

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